Since school's been out and I have time due to only having a day job, I decided to try to finish one of my tanks. And because I take myself a bit to seriously, I shall dub it "The Light-Beam".
I like forest scapes, so I started with some googleing landscapes a while back and I found two I liked, this one from the state park in nara, japan and the other from no-idea-where-because-I-can't-read-the-japanese(?). The pbase stuff is linked back to her journal and the other one has the website on it, if you want to flip through their stuff; or you could just drop them into google images.
Definite plant list:
Rotala sp. green
Rotala sp. mini-butterfly
HM (or the plant formerly known as HM)
Maybe plant list:
HC (for the light)
I was thinking about HC because I didn't want to use ug since the 'trees' in the setup are ~3 inches tall at most, so anything that grows to high will make them look weird. I was also thinking about mini-christmas moss for trees but I can't for the life of me find a good photo of it that shows growth patterns...or relative size.
To make trees, I bought a box of manzanita twigs from plantbrain and got 2 good trees and one very funky looking one out of it. Several superglued and/or siliconed fingers later, voila! Also, my tree muse
, especially the frames.
CO2: DIY CO2
Filtration: Ancient aquaclear filter (from the '90s)
Substrate: Mineralized Soil + Quartz mix of sand from my backyard + ancient sifted flourite (also from the '90s)
Lighting: 20 watt CF bulb on desk lamp
I bought used aquasoil, but it's disappeared into my apartment sometime during exam week never to be seen again; Except by some random person who will, years from now, wonder why someone mailed a box of dirt and then throw it away.
...More to come tomorrow